Tropical Botanical Garden
The tropics near the equator that stretches from Asia Pacific to Africa and South America received plenty of sunshine and rain throughout the year. As such, the diversity of the flora and fauna in these region still remains to be explored. Malaysia is located at 2 ° to 7 ° north of the equator has one of the oldest tropical forest in the world. The man made tropical botanical garden of Taman Botani was established in Putrajaya of which the landscape of the city was to be designed as the "City in the Garden". Taman Botani is one of the many gardens that has been gazetted for development as a tropical garden.
Covering an area of 230 acres or 93 hectares, the development of this park is divided into 3 phases. The first phase covering an area of 63 acres has been completed and is now open to the public. The more than 700 species of plants in this garden come from over 90 countries of the world.
Taman Botani Overview
The garden is divided into 5 different themes. They are the Explorer's Trail, Palm Hill, Floral Gardens, Sun Garden and the Lakeside.
Explorer's Trail is located at the Visitor Centre to the garden where you can visit the Visitors' Interpretive Centre for an educational knowledge of the plant world before proceeding to go into the garden. This centre is opened daily but closed on Mondays. The opening hours is 10am to 6pm during weekdays and 10am to 7pm during weekends. The admission fee is RM3.
As you depart the building to go out, you will walk along the Canopy Bridge where you will be able to see the "tree top". Come back in a few years time and the trees would have grown into huge tall trees. As you descend from the bridge, you will see Heliconias plants such as bananas, Marnthas, Calatheas and the Traveller's Palm. Proceed on and you will see Vine Garden where a variety of vines such as Tecomarias can be found here. Take note and read the information about each type of tree on the informative material.
Palm Hill is the next theme that you will encounter. There are more than 50 species of palm trees. Notice the Rotan, the Chinese Fan Palm and the Umbrella Leaf Palm as you walk up the slope.
Sun Gardens as its name implies is a collection of plants that grow well in the bright sun. The flowers in this area react differently according to the time of the day. Notice the Brunfelsia flower which changes its colour daily from purple to pink to white. It is also known as Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
Floral Gardens have a collection of plants from Africa, America and the Asia Pacific region. The Flame Of The Forest and Plumbago are some of the species that originate form the African region. The Peacock Flower and Frangipani come from the American region. The Ficus tree from the region of Asia Pacific is a major source of food for the wildlife in Asia.
Lakeside has a collection of Ixora and Hibiscus. The Pandanus plants which have long, narrow, piny leaves and stilt roots can be seen here. There are also the Cannas with colourful and big flowers. As the trail comes near the end, you will be able to see the ferns that have been said to be in existence for more than 200 million year.
Facilities at the tropical botanical garden
The admission to the garden if FREE. The big parking area is available to the public for a fee of RM1. Tram services are available for a fee of RM4 for adult and RM3 for children. If you want to sweat if out, bicycle and paddle boat can be rented from Tuesdays to Sundays. If you are hungry, the Putrajaya Seafood Restaurant is just by the garden. It is open daily from 11am to 11pm.
Further information on the tropical botanical garden can be obtained by calling Tel: +6 03 8888 9090
If you intend to come by bus, take the Cityliner bus 868 from Sinar Kota, Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya. The fare is around Rm2.60 and it operates from 6:30am to 10pm at night. From the bus terminal in Putrajaya, take a Nadi Putra bus here.
If you come by train, use the ERL KLIA transit train that departs from KL Sentral or KLIA. The train operates from 5:30am to 1am daily with an interval of 30 minutes. At the Western Transportation Terminal in Putrajaya, take the Nadi Putra bus and you will arrive here.